Friday 10 July 2020

Review: Dangerous Tides At Brightwater Bay by Holly Hepburn

PART THREE in the brand new series from Holly Hepburn, if you haven't read parts 1 and 2, there may be spoilers ahead....

On paper, Merina Wilde has it all: a successful career writing the kind of romantic novels that make even the hardest hearts swoon, a perfect carousel of book launches and parties to keep her social life buzzing, and a childhood sweetheart who thinks she’s a goddess. But Merry has a secret: the magic has stopped flowing from her fingers. Try as she might, she can’t summon up the sparkle that makes her stories shine. And as her deadline whooshes by, her personal life falls apart too. Alex tells her he wants something other than the future she’d always imagined for them and Merry finds herself single for the first time since – well, ever.

Desperate to get her life back on track, Merry leaves London and escapes to the windswept Orkney Islands, locking herself away in a secluded clifftop cottage to try to heal her heart and rediscover her passion for writing. But can the beauty of the islands and the kindness of strangers help Merry to fool herself into believing in love again, if only long enough to finish her book? Or is it time for her to give up the career she’s always adored and find something new to set her soul alight?

Review: This third novella was everything that I needed and more. I have loved parts 1 and 2 but this part was truly the escape to Orkney that I was craving. I honestly think that because of this writer's description of Kirkwall, I could lead a guided tour around the area, I have loved visiting these remote islands so much!

I also loved getting to spend more time with Merry, she is a fab character and I love her ability to be alone with her thoughts as well as her ability to take it upon herself to return a naughty goat back to his owners. Because Gordon is probably one of my favourite side characters of all time, every time we have a serious moment in this series I am just waiting for Gordon to come along and break the tension somehow because he provides the comic relief we have all be looking for. 

I feel like the romance is really hyped up in this installment too. I love the slow burn of what is going to happen with this kind of love triangle. My friend is on one team and I am on the other so you know one of us is going to be disappointed come the release of part 4. We also have the friendship and the community love turned up a level in this part. I love love love that Merry has such a great friend in Jess even though they live quite far apart. Their friendship is like the one I have with my bestie who live 5000 miles away and so the fact that this is so real makes me really happy. 

I loved getting to explore more of the community. I love that Merry is not quite fit enough to run a half marathon but does so any way and I love the introduction of puffins into this series. A hit for me and if you haven't already done so get on and read parts 1 and 2 and then sink your teeth into this beauty!

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